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"An Ah Beng a day keeps the doctors away"

Title: Ah Beng with smart monkeys
Date: 18-Jan-2008

Ah Beng’s grandfather was a hat trader. The weather was very hot and he decided to take a nap under one of the trees, so he left his whole basket of hats by the side. A few hours later, he was awaken  by some sounds. The next thing he realized was that all his hats were gone. Then he heard some monkeys on top of the tree and he looked up. To his surprise, the tree was full of monkeys. They have taken all his hats!

Ah Beng’s grandfather started to think of ideas how to get his hats back. As he scratched his head, he realized that the monkeys were doing the same action. Next, he took down his own hat and fanned himself. The monkeys did exactly the same! An idea struck him - he took his hat and threw it on the floor. And, the monkeys did the same too. So Ah Beng’s grandfather got back  all his hats.


Fifty years later, Ah Beng became a hat-seller and had heard this monkey story from his grandfather. One day, just like his grandfather, he passed by the same forest. Feeling very hot, he took a nap under the same tree and left the hats on the floor. When he woke up, he realized that all his hats were gone.


He looked up and found that the monkeys had taken all his hats. Remembering what his grandfather had told him, he started scratching his head and the monkeys followed. He took down his hat and fanned himself and again the monkeys followed. Now, very convinced of his grandfather's idea, he threw his hat on the floor but to his surprise, the monkeys still held on to all the hats!

Meanwhile, the monkeys were laughing to themselves, “ Ha ! Ha! Ha! We also got grandfather , you know ????”

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